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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller 21 hours ago. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:21pm

Chris, I love your toe-stepping-on experience! Sounds like the person needed some training on how to behave.  

Because we don't exchange gifts or cards, we have none of the stress associated with the mid-winter holidays. No shopping, no addressing of cards en mass, no crowds. We can sit at home, feet up on an ottoman and drink coffee, tea, or hot cocoa with a stick of cinnamon.  

Our potlucks at mid-winter taste so good, everyone, men and women, seem to be excellent cooks. Not all the family and friends are non-believers; we restrain from discussing religion and politics for other times.  If someone does bring up a conflicted topic, we always hear from the other side, not in an aggressive manner, but as a statement to balance opinions. The north Washington state area, populated by fundamentalist religious and political parties, have the fuel to create a big fuss. We like each other, so we leave the disputes to a Friday night over a pizza and beer. 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 14, 2014 at 2:18pm

Helping your children or anyone: two hands working can do more than 1,000 clasped in prayer.

The seasonal broohaha is over for me. Was in England in Nov. and handed out presents and cards. Held "Xmas" yesterday with my daughter as she's moving to Copenhagen on Friday. We had the usual big nosh-up and exchanged presents. She says that I'm one of the most travelled people she knows so she gave me 1) a scratch-map. You scrape the foil off each country you visit and are left with a map of the world and 2) a book called "How to Shit (all over the world) which, despite the silly title, is written by a doctor from the Institute of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine and a good guide to dos and don'ts when travelling. The lists of various diseases and parasites are quite a horror story though.

Has everyone had a pleasant weekend?

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 14, 2014 at 2:09pm

Mindy, I did receive this information from you,

"This is what an old friend put on Facebook.  This is why I don't have many close friends in real life anymore.  I was just astounded. Ugh."

However, I am very curious about what your old friend put on Facebook. 

Comment by Plinius on December 14, 2014 at 8:59am

what a stupid tekst, Mindy, I can imagine you avoiding those people! I'm lucky that most religious people here are not so rabid.

Went to Rotterdam just now for a new diary - but I almost had to fight. The shopping frenzy is at boiling point,the shops are loaded with people who all look unhappy and nervous or agressive. One woman tried to push me from my place in a queue, so I stepped on het feet to stop her. She ran away cursing, I thought her very funny!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 13, 2014 at 2:40pm

Loren, enjoying your video, Ellen McIlwaine. It's a keeper! I like your wide interest in music. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 13, 2014 at 2:38pm

Patricia, what a calming and serene scene of man and horse doing yoga. The horse seemed to enjoy the experience ... not like a horse trained to do tricks, but able to stretch for pure pleasure.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 13, 2014 at 2:33pm

Patricia, catching up on news, I watched for the first time, the Ottowa shooting. What a terrible sight. No wonder you expressed concern. 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 13, 2014 at 8:15am

Mmmm, The Swan of Tuonela!  Had this on an old Columbia vinyl AGES ago.  What a gorgeous piece of music!

Comment by Randall Smith on December 13, 2014 at 7:49am

While listening to Joan's Sibelius, I went to Loren's recording of Ellen. She rocked while strings and oboe backed her up. Interesting combination!  Thanks to both of you.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 13, 2014 at 6:40am

And now for something completely different: the rocking sound of Ellen McIlwaine and what I think is a VERY appropriate song for this venue!

 

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